A Vietnamese restaurant that has quickly become a Jersey City dining staple since opening three years ago has launched a new outpost as Saigon Bistro recently expanded into Bergen-Lafayette.
The business is officially open at 303 Pacific Avenue and marks Saigon Bistro’s second location following their 2020 launch in The Heights along Central Avenue. The restaurant was founded by Kevin Nguyen, who was taught cooking in part via family pho recipes.
Ngyuen teamed who with Ryan Speier and Zi Lin to form the Mot Restaurant Group for Saigon Bistro, which has earned enough of a reputation to register on our Best Restaurants in Jersey City list earlier this year.
Their menu is in many ways tailor-made for the winter months as selections like spicy lemongrass noodle soup or a seafood stew featuring shrimp, squid, scallops and steamed fish balls can literally warm a soul.
Other starters at Saigon Bistro include Vietnamese spring rolls, steamed dumplings, and sugarcane shrimp, which is minced and then slathered in garlic, white pepper, and peeled sugarcane.
The star at the restaurant is their pho options which consist of beef or vegetable broths with proteins that run from brisket to pork or shrimp. Other highlights at the eatery include a Banh mi on a toasted baguette featuring liver pate, cilantro, pickled carrots, and daikon radishes.
Grilled vermicelli platters including chicken, pork, spring rolls, beef, pork belly, and shrimp are available and other dishes like curry noodles and Pad Thai round out the menu.
Online ordering through Make It Butter is now available at Saigon Bistro, as is delivery service to the area around their new storefront. The Pacific Avenue restaurant is closed on Mondays but otherwise open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.